The subject of this film is proper table etiquette and is presented in dramatized form by a group of teenagers who are attending a birthday party honoring the host. A full three course dinner is served consisting of the usual soup, meat, and dessert.
Safety Danger Lurks Manners Etiquette Social guidance Social control Meals Dinners Mealtime
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: When People Cared
Everyone played by the same rules and once you learned them you were confident and comfortable in any social situation and faced a leveled playing field. No worry about hubby missing out on a promotion because he had the table manners of a family pet or wife losing out on the coveted chair of the garden club because she acted like a fool at the table. Stuffy and pretentious? or maybe just considerate of others and focused on doing and being your best in society. It was like a choreographed dance.
Of course in today’s “Anything Goes” society it is perfectly acceptable to eat like a farm animal and make whatever choices you wish because it’s all about “me” and no regard for others. Nothing quite like trying to eat a meal where Johnny talks with his mouth full of food and Susie couldn’t care less about the people she’s disgusting with her gross eating habits!
For those who have no desire to be a part of gracious society: indulge your meanest whims! It’s all about you!
Subject: Upper Middle Class Dinner Party of 1945
it seemed funny to me that the teenagers drank milk instead of soda.
Subject: A MUST SEE!!!!????
I'm still laughing. You have to see this and then be happy you were not there!!! Just in case you eat like a European!!!haha I do, so I would have had to sit with the two who wanted more jelly!! But did the narrator really say what was the proper way?? I think not, or i missed it.
Seriously though, you HAVE TO SEE THIS!! If not just for the entertainment value.
Subject: i had tears in my eyes!
An absolute must see, funny as hell!!!!!!!!
Subject: That narrators voice...ugh...
Subject: this is eating?
Here's an idea: instead of honing our table manners to a fine upper class hoody-hah, we disregard manners altogether! I have better things to worry about than the salad's size or picking the correct cutlery.
Only four stars because it does begin to drag with its anal retentiveness.
Subject: Sparking Conversation and a Sumptions Meal
The narrator, perhaps having just ingested one of those meals himself, does his best to keep the pace dreary and mundane. By the time the relish tray is passed (after the soup and before the main course) Betty is a mess. Thank God there was no wine served with this meal!
The Entree service is fraught with peril as "Bob" must serve the meat. He already proved himself to be something of a clod during the relish and soup service, and makes a mess of this as well.
I'd like to report that violence errupted during the salad course (which comes after the Entree - very Euro of Bob and Betty) but they hold their own, even though Bob starts getting a little out of hand (maybe there WAS liquor served after all!)
After the meal is done, and the birthday cake served, Bob and Betty's relationship is a burning hulk on the shore of love, while the oblivious guests Bernie and Helen (ethnic types, if I ever saw one - and I seen plenty) prattle on and even help themselves to more jelly. The other guests seem to just skulk about, probably as embarassed as everyone else.
The moral of the story seems to be never assume - and wait until you are married to have a dinner party.
Subject: A paranoid adventure through dinner.
Subject: Lighten up, folks!
Subject: The Proper Way to Eat an Olive
Subject: Dinner Party (From Hell)
Subject: My dinner with Kafka.
Subject: Straight up horrifying
Subject: Gluttons for punsihment
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